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Old 03-22-08, 09:25 PM
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My brother's first catch. Viscount Sebring $65 from Philly CL. Came with all of the owners manuals and sales brochures.

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Old 03-22-08, 09:33 PM
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Dig the crazy skip tooth cogs on the back. Neat catch for $65.00.
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Old 03-22-08, 10:23 PM
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I caught a bike today without even trying, lol. I had told my friend to keep an eye out for anything my size, and grab it if he did. I had to work again, another 6 day week. Anyways, no pics yet, but supposedly it's a Cannondale R600 in a smoked grey color. Shimano 600 components(the one with the colored bar logo). Missing the wheels unfortunately, but for $80 you can't complain too much. Pics tomorrow, I may have a wheel set before the pics tomorrow.,,,,BD
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Well, I've got to post this here too. From Goodwill the other day, for all of $8.00:

Late '80's, good components, and it's my size too. Now about that paint job...
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Here's the C'dale catch from yesterday. I bought it from my friend, but it's missing more parts than he let on. The wheels are mine. The frame is dirty but in decent shape. Only a few corrosion spots on the cable guides. That can be cleaned up easily and touched up. It has Brifters but they're in bad shape cosmetically. I'll probably go with aero levers and bar ends, since it has no DT braze ons.

Also found a Bridgestone T500 touring bike missing the wheels, for $25. It will be for sale soon, and has a buyer already I believe.,,,,BD



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Are the brifters 7-speed, by any chance? I'm guessing not.
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Old 03-23-08, 05:16 PM
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I dont think 7sp STI exist.. although im sure you could use brifters on a 7 speed cluster and it would work just fine.
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Old 03-23-08, 05:24 PM
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They do -- RSX and Sora.
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Old 03-23-08, 05:25 PM
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Not sure what speed they are. It doesn't say anything on them. It does have dual pivot smoked calipers, and the right 600 Brifter cap is still there. I can't get the rear shifter to catch. It just pulls cable, and lets go. Not sure I want to afford new ones or not. With a profit I made today, I may just break even, lol.,,,,BD
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SWEET!! The old shimano trick worked. Every time I find a Shimano index system, they don't work for one reason, they're hopelessly gummed up. After about ten minutes of graphite penetrating oil spray, it works perfectly, and is 8 speed. I think I can get over the ugly parts, unless there are replacement covers available? My friend is supposed to give me a matching 600 RD, so now I only need a set of nice 8 speed wheels and I'm set.,,,,BD
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Naturally you find what would have been a near-perfect touring bike in a size that would work for me after I spring for a new one. Oh well.
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Old 03-23-08, 08:11 PM
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Must be a bridgstone 500 weekend, Garagesale,$10. $10.
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Sorry I didn't find it sooner, hehe. I bought this one strictly because I was PM'd by a local BF'r looking for a 51-53cm road bike. I thought yeah right..... I walked into the FM, and there it sat. What are the odds??,,,,BD
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Here's a mountain bike I picked up for free a week or so ago.
Nice piece of work, the ole Rocky Raleigh - gonna turn it into my lady's commuter.

You know, just 'cause.
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Another good score.
Got this one at Value Village here in Ottawa...will either pass it along to my neighbor or sell it high around the city to some hipster. Definitely an upside to the trendy bikes nowadays, eh?

Love the basket...but I may have to remove the child seat.
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Old 03-25-08, 09:40 AM
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Here's one of those Novara Strada's I picked up a week or so ago, all spiffed up and ready for CL. Tha Ambrosio tape is nice to work with - inexpensive, easy to wrap, and looks sharp:



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Old 03-25-08, 10:29 AM
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[QUOTE=bigbossman;6400806]Here's one of those Novara Strada's I picked up a week or so ago, all spiffed up and ready for CL. Tha Ambrosio tape is nice to work with - inexpensive, easy to wrap, and looks sharp:

bigbossman, do you overhaul the complete bike (BB, both hubs, headset ect)?
Are more people interested if the bike is gone through completely? I am wondering this as I may try to get rid of a few bikes this spring.
I guess I am asking is it worth the trouble to overhaul the entire bike or just get it nice and ridable?
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Old 03-25-08, 10:47 AM
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bigbossman, do you overhaul the complete bike (BB, both hubs, headset ect)?
Are more people interested if the bike is gone through completely? I am wondering this as I may try to get rid of a few bikes this spring.
I guess I am asking is it worth the trouble to overhaul the entire bike or just get it nice and ridable?
In general, yes - I go through them completely, but each one is evaluated individually. I do not take shortcuts on mechanical issues, as I find that buyers are definitely more interested in bikes that are in top mechanical condition and need nothing.

CL is awash with junkers and clunkers that need a ton of work. Put up a sparkling clean bike in A-1 mechanical condition, and they'll beat a path to your door.

Is it worth the trouble? Can't answer that for you, but it is to me. What it amounts to is time spent. Most of the bikes I find are basket cases and the bb's and headsets are in obvious need, but even so - it's easy and quick to do, so why not take the time? That way, I know the bike is good to go, and will give the next owner(s) years of service.
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Its labour of love! I never get sick of wrenching on bikes.

That bike is kinda neat, love the gold paint!
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I guess for the time it takes to do the headset and BB a future owner will have a nicely maintained ride.
Yeah, I'd feel good about that.
Time to get out the grease and fire up the parts washer.
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In general, yes - I go through them completely, but each one is evaluated individually. I do not take shortcuts on mechanical issues, as I find that buyers are definitely more interested in bikes that are in top mechanical condition and need nothing.

CL is awash with junkers and clunkers that need a ton of work. Put up a sparkling clean bike in A-1 mechanical condition, and they'll beat a path to your door.

Is it worth the trouble? Can't answer that for you, but it is to me. What it amounts to is time spent. Most of the bikes I find are basket cases and the bb's and headsets are in obvious need, but even so - it's easy and quick to do, so why not take the time? That way, I know the bike is good to go, and will give the next owner(s) years of service.
+1 for me too. I never let a bike that I sell on CL leave unless it's gone completely through. I usually strip off everything down to just the frame, clean everything, and put it back together with whatever parts it needs. I even put on NEW HOODS and Bossman will say I'm OCD. The bottom line is I can't tell you how many people have said to me "While they're handing me their money", that they went out and checked other bikes before mine but they were junk. That's what makes our bikes sell!
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I have to agree. How anyone in good conscience can sell a bike without a thorough check up / tune up is beyond me.
I do the same as BBM and Mhendricks. The only thing my bikes need is a butt in the saddle.
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......I even put on NEW HOODS and Bossman will say I'm OCD. The bottom line is I can't tell you how many people have said to me "While they're handing me their money", that they went out and checked other bikes before mine but they were junk. That's what makes our bikes sell!
"Hoods? We don't have no hoods. We don't need no steenking hoods" I'll put them on if I have them, but I'll always take off crumbling ones, and at least polish the levers.

Actually, I almost lost a sale on Sunday because the bike was too pretty. The guy's intended use was for commuting in the city, and he knew whatever bike he bought was going to get trashed. He bought it, anyway.

He said the same thing - he'd spent the day looking at CL bikes, and saw mine last. He was glad he waited. And the same thing happened last week with the little blue Centurion I sold - the woman that bought it had seen two other bikes that day, and was pretty discouraged by the time she washed up on my porch. She was positively beaming when she left - no squeal, though.

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I have to agree. How anyone in good conscience can sell a bike without a thorough check up / tune up is beyond me. I do the same as BBM and Mhendricks. The only thing my bikes need is a butt in the saddle.
I've got no problem with people selling wrecks, as long as everyone involved knows what's what. Heck - half the time, those guys are my suppliers. Besides, it makes selling my bikes easy.
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Howdy!
Purchased Schwinn #3 today from the local thrift, an early 70's ladies' mixtie 5-speed Suburban. It's a purr-fect match to Schwinn #1, a 1974 10-speed Suburban. Same bronze color, same decals and stripes. No pics yet, but it's in amazingly good shape. $26 was a little pricey for the thrift, but I just had to have it! I've noticed that their bike prices are going up, even for real junk bikes.
I'll try to get a picture soon.
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Here's one of those Novara Strada's I picked up a week or so ago, all spiffed up and ready for CL. Tha Ambrosio tape is nice to work with - inexpensive, easy to wrap, and looks sharp:
Get ye to an LBS, and order some Cane Creek hoods. I just put some on my Le Tour, and the appearance factor jumps about ten points. $10, and will possibly add another 40-50 bucks to the price of the bike. They look and feel like the real thing.,,,,BD

Here they are on Weinnmann levers. I only had to rim a little triangle out underneath to route the brake cable through.,,,,BD

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